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Greedy Bart ransomware encrypts files in ZIP archives

Greedy Bart ransomware encrypts files in ZIP archives

A new ransomware threat known as Bart is experimenting with the price it charges victims and encryption strategies. If your PC is infected by Bart you will be asked to pay three Bitcoin (BTC) or just under $2,000 to regain access to your files, which is significantly more than the usual 0.5 BTC ($300) to 1.5 BTC fee. Also, you won’t get a decryption key, but rather a password that opens password-protected ZIP archives, where the files of Bart-infected machines…

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“Petya” ransomware encryption cracked

“Petya” ransomware encryption cracked

Utility generates unscrambling key. Users whose data has been held to ransom by the Petya malware now have an option to decrypt the information, thanks to a new tool that generates an unscrambling key. Petya appeared around March this year. Once executed with Windows administrator privileges, Petya rewrites the master boot record on the computer’s hard drive, crashes the operating system and on restart, scrambles the data on the disk while masquerading as the CHKDSK file consistency utility. The Petya…

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